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Ethics
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Ethics (akhlāq) is the branch of the humanities that investigates the value of human character traits and actions. This discipline is not concerned with a historical enquiry into the character and behaviour of human beings, and it does not attempt to establish the natural causes and reasons for their emergence and existence. Rather, it studies them insofar as they occupy a particular position in a system of moral values.

As collections of values that of…

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Gholamreza Avani, M.I. Waley, Translated by Alexander Khaleeli, Ahmad Pakatchi and Khaleeli, Alexander, “Ethics”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Wilferd Madelung and, Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 04 October 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_037156>
First published online: 2018
First print edition: 20180110



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